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Sriracha Turkey Breast
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 6
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Sriracha Turkey Breast

A quick way to make a delicious turkey breast. A great way to cook for a smaller Thanksgiving crowd!

Ingredients

2
pound turkey breast
2
tablespoons sriracha hot sauce
1
teaspoon kosher salt
1
large lemon

GRAVY

1/4
cup turkey drippings
2
tablespoons unsalted butter
2
tablespoons all-purpose flour
2
cups turkey stock
Salt and pepper

Directions

  • 1 Rub turkey breast well with sriracha and salt. Work the hot sauce under the skin of the breast and and into any cuts in the breast as well. It should be completely rubbed with chili sauce and salt.
  • 2 Wrap breast loosely in plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 30 minutes in the fridge, but its best to do this many hours in advance so the flavor can penetrate better.
  • 3 When ready to roast the breast, preheat oven to 450°F. Slice a large lemon into coins and put them in the bottom of a baking dish.
  • 4 Place turkey breast on lemon slices with the skin-side up. Roast at 450°F. for 15 minutes.
  • 5 Remove breast and insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the breast. Turn oven temperature down to 350°F.
  • 6 Return breast to oven and roast until the temperature of the breast reaches 165°F., about 30-35 minutes.
  • 7 When turkey reaches the goal temperature, remove from oven and loosely cover with foil. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  • 8 To make gravy, combine drippings and butter in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for a few minutes.
  • 9 Slowly whisk in turkey stock until the gravy is a smooth, thick consistency. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with a squirt of sriracha! Serve with turkey.
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Throw tradition out the window and spice up your Thanksgiving turkey this year!

As prepared by Macheesmo,

If you've "been there and done that" with Thanksgiving, give your guests something to talk about this year with this Sriracha Turkey Breast!

Thanksgiving is always about getting together with family, catching up, and celebrating, but it might not be about getting together with a lot of family.

I’ve had really fantastic Thanksgivings with just three or four special people. If you find yourself in a situation like that, you might not feel like roasting an entire 15-pound turkey. 

When I’m in that situation, I always turn to this Sriracha Turkey Breast recipe. It’s a no-fuss way to get a lot of flavor into a turkey breast, and it turns out that roasting a turkey breast by itself is substantially easier than cooking a whole bird.

 

Sriracha Turkey Breast

To start the turkey, just rub a few tablespoons of sriracha and a few big pinches of kosher salt all over the turkey breast. Try to get it under the skin and on all sides of the breast. Let this sit for at least 30 minutes, but it’s best to do a day in advance so the sriracha can really flavor the meat.

 

Sriracha Turkey Breast

When you’re ready to bake, slice a lemon and place the slices down in a baking dish.

Set the breast right on the lemon slices and bake it for 15 minutes in a blazing hot 450 degree F oven. This will get the skin browning nicely.

 

Sriracha Turkey Breast

Then remove the breast from the oven and insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the breast. Because they can vary widely in size and thickness, using a thermometer is really the only way to know when it’s done.

 

Sriracha Turkey Breast

Return the breast to a 350 degree F oven. It’s done when your thermometer hits 165 degrees F – most likely after 35 minutes or so.

When the turkey is done, loosely cover it with foil while you work on the gravy.

 

Sriracha Turkey Breast

To make the gravy, pour off 1/4 cup of the drippings from the turkey and add it to a sturdy pot with the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for a few minutes until the roux turns a light tan color.

 

Sriracha Turkey Breast

Then slowly whisk in the turkey stock. It’ll be easier if the stock is warm. Whisk slowly so no lumps form in the gravy.

 

Sriracha Turkey Breast

When the stock is whisked in, let the gravy thicken over medium heat for a few minutes and season it with salt and pepper.

 

Sriracha Turkey Breast

Then slice up the turkey and serve it with the gravy and any other sides you want.

 

Sriracha Turkey Breast

This is a great way to get a little Thanksgiving flavor without going through the work of dealing with a full bird!

 

Nick thinks this turkey breast is also great in weekday lunch sandwiches! Check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon profile.

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